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Anti-bullying speaker teaches students all about irony

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By Doug Powers  •  April 28, 2012 03:56 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Recently, an anti-bullying video ran on the Cartoon Network. In the video, kids were instructed not to call others hurtful names like “stupid,” “fat” and “jerk.” During a Q & A following a screening of the film, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked for her advice to kids being bullied, and that advice included telling the bully in question to “stop it, you’re being a jerk.” Huh?

Along those same instructive lines but infused with much more anger we find this lesson that bashing anyone just because of their beliefs or who they are is considered bullying — unless those people are Christians who follow the “bulls*#t” in their bibles:

As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy assed.”

The speaker was Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project, an anti-bullying campaign that has reached more than 40 million viewers with contributors ranging from President Obama to Hollywood stars. Savage also writes a sex advice column called “Savage Love.”

Savage, and his husband, were also guests at the White House for President Obama’s 2011 LGBT Pride Month reception. He was also invited to a White House anti-bullying conference.

Savage was supposed to be delivering a speech about anti-bullying at the National High School Journalism Conference sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. But it turned into an episode of Christian-bashing.
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“You can tell the Bible guys in the hall they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible,” Savage said as other students hollered and cheered. “It’s funny as someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansy-assed people react when you push back.”

Play the video below to unleash more straw men than showed up for Victor Fleming’s casting call for the part of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Savage also somehow managed to get in a shot at Callista Gingrich. Feel the love (language warning):

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Did you feel the negative energy that can lead to bullying magically evaporate during that speech? Me neither.

RS McCain has lots more here.

**Written by Doug Powers

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